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Flight 45 and 46 at SpanaFlight
(Total: 3.0 PIC, 55.3 Dual, 2.0 Sim IFR, 1.6 Night, 1.0 Complex, 214 Landings)
Please forgive the brevity of these journal entries, as I have taken on
new responsibilities at my day job, and haven't had the time to update
these as I should have. I will endeavor to provide more time for
these. Thanks for your understanding.
Today's flight was a review of the
fundamentals, as well as some more solo work. We headed
out to the practice area and started with slow flight, then stalls.
We soon started practicing short and soft field takeoffs and
landings. I did 3 of those, and Matt wanted out of the plane so as
to allow me to do some solo work. I did 3 more takeoffs and
landings, including my first soft field solo's and short field solo
landings. I must say that my performance wasn't too bad, and
although I landed harder than I would have wanted a couple times, I walked
away from the flight proud of my actions.
I did my first night lesson today. We
started with a quick ground lesson covering night flying topics.
Matt and I waited until about 9:15PM and then took off in the dark and
headed out to the practice area. I asked to do a slow circle so that
I could just enjoy the beauty of the night, and I must say, it was one
hell of a sight.
We then started with slow flight, and after
satisfying Matt that I still knew the maneuver, we did some steep
turns. Vertigo hit seriously during those, however, and I kept
finding myself righting the plane. Matt had to keep increasing the
bank angle so that we would actually be doing these correctly. We
then headed back towards the airport.
I had fleeting glances of the runway, but
soon lost it as we decreased out altitude in preparation for entering the
pattern. I eventually spotted the beacon, and pointed my nose at it,
and Matt helped me gauge the distance on the downwind leg
some. I didn't feel comfortable with my pattern on this leg,
and executed a go around. I then went through the pattern better and
the landing itself was one of my better ones. I didn't experience
the illusions that Matt and I discussed before the flight. Thinking
this was a piece of cake, I headed up to do another round in the
pattern. This time I flared too late, thinking I was higher than I
was. I executed a nice recovery though, and didn't bounce. I
did feel Matt's hands on the controls, however.
The next time around was much like my first
one, in that I landed pretty good, and didn't experience the illusions
that Matt discussed. The next takeoff and landing, however, were
without the landing lights on. The takeoff was easy enough, and
although the landing was pretty good, it was creepy flying with only
reference to the runway lights.
One last time around, and a good landing
again completed tonights lessons. We parked the plane, and headed in
to the FBO to debrief. We are planning on the next cross country
night flight being a trip to Arlington, then Paine field, then Boeing
field, and then back home...All in the dark. That should be pretty
fun. I haven't scheduled it though, as my next flight is my second
solo cross country.